Pak Offers Consular Access to Kulbhushan

Pakistan would provide consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav today after around one and a half month of International Court of Justice’s verdict. He has been languishing in jail over espionage and terrorism charges.

Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry on Sunday said that consular access for Jadhav would be provided on Monday in line with Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the ICJ ruling and the laws of Pakistan.

Who is a consul?

A consul is a foreign representative who works in a host country for the interests of his country’s nationals. According to Article 36 of the Vienna Convention, the detained foreign nationals should be given notice without delay of their right to notify their country. If he agrees, the police is supposed to fax the notice to the embassy. It should include the name of the detained, arrest place and if possible, the reason behind the arrest.

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